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Introduction to Cybersecurity

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Program Overview

Welcome to ISECOM’s Hacker High School for Cybersecurity

Today so much of our lives is online, from shopping to keeping up with friends and applying for college — and cyber criminals know it. Cybersecurity is about giving you the knowledge and tools to not only protect yourself, but possibly make a career out of protecting others.

This online course, developed by ISECOM (the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies) and taught by Quinnipiac’s own Information Security team of Robert Jasek and Vince Spiars, teaches the cybersecurity fundamentals and concepts necessary to keep your data and personal devices safe from attackers.

In 2 weeks, you’ll understand what “hacking”— the ability to figure out computer systems — is really all about, while learning about subjects like internet infrastructure, malware, attack analysis, digital forensics, email safety, and web security and privacy. This knowledge isn’t only essential, but incredibly valuable to employers in almost every field all over the world. 

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By the end of the program, you will have...

  • A deep understanding of how computer and digital information works and its connection to the field of cybersecurity
  • The chance to take the official certification exam for Certified Hacker Analyst, sponsored by ISECOM
  • A certificate of completion with a QU professor 
  • A written review and assessment

Program Cost

Program Cost

The $970 tuition fee covers:

  • 2 full weeks of well-designed and professionally facilitated cybersecurity programming, with teaching assistant staff available throughout
  • Daily meetings, multimedia learning and fun team and independent project challenges
  • Quinnipiac T-shirt

Daily Schedule

9 - 10 a.m. — Morning program meeting and check-in
This meeting is a chance to review the day ahead as well as check in with everyone before the lesson starts.

10 a.m. - Noon — Daily live online class via Zoom with team breakout sessions
Interactively discuss and review the key topic for the day, often already presented to students the day prior via the online self-paced class and multimedia hosted on Blackboard.

Noon - 1 p.m. — Online social lunch break
Get to know your classmates, or those from other online programs, while playing fun online games.

1 - 3 p.m. — Independent and team challenge time
This is a chance to put your hacker skills to the test in both independent and group challenges.

3 - 4 p.m. — Live class challenge review
A chance to review the results, build on your learning and prepare you for the next day.

4 - 5 p.m. — Scheduled office hours with instructor and teacher assistants over Zoom
Your time to work independently or jump on Zoom to get help with any concepts or areas where you want to really push ahead.

After hours — Independent learning online
Flexible to your schedule and other responsibilities, the program includes the option to watch, read and discuss different aspects of cybersecurity at a time best for you. Students who do well and wish to push themselves have the ability to take and pass industry credentials such as ISECOM’s Certified Hacker Analyst credential.